Research the zebra, polar bear, and the kangaroo and choose one to become a part of the west chester zoo
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Introduction: It's Time to Become a Zoologist!A WebQuest for 4th Grade (Science)
Designed by: Jill Morris, Chelsea Kehoe & Devon Lotkowski JM652060@wcupa.eduCK650576@wcupa.eduDL647869@wcupa.edu
Zac the Zoo Keeper
Zac the Zoologist needs your help! The
West Chester Zoo has reached its full capacity and unfortunately only
has room for one more animal to join their family! It's up to you and
your group to help Zac research the three possible choices and figure
out which one will be most suitable to take care of. Will it be Ziggy
the Zebra, Petunia the Polar Bear, or Kane the Kangaroo.... you be the
one to choose!
Petunia the Polar Bear
Persuade your group to choose the animal you are assigned to represent.
Exhaustively research characteristics about the zebra, polar bear, and the kangaroo.
Research online resources to discover how your animals act in their natural habitats.
When the research is completed, create a visual aid to present to the other classmates.
Choose one animal to become a part of the West Chester Zoo.
Kane the Kangaroo
1. In groups of three choose an animal you each wish to represent. One
group member will take on Ziggy, one will pick Petunia, and one will
represent Kane. No animal can be assigned to more than one person
within the group. 2. Travel virtually across the world using a web video and observe your animal's behaviors in their natural settings! 3. After watching them in their
natural setting, each individual researcher needs to delve further into
their animal by visiting the websites we provided!
Look for the specific foods they eat and their favorite treats.
Look at their sleeping patterns
Look and research the type of habitat they reside in
Look at how they interact and behave towards animals of a different species
Look at how they raise and care for their young and at what age the young are left on their own.
4. After gathering all the required
information, create a poster that contains all of the information you
have found about your animal. Including a sketch of the animal you
researched 5. Reunite with your group to compare the characteristics of the animal each of you were assigned to research. 6. Make a pros and cons chart for each animal and compare. 7. Use the information gathered as well as the poster to help persuade the group to choose your animal! 8. After your group decides on the
animal you want the zoo to choose for their last spot, present your
findings to the class and see how well your animal did within the
class. The animal with the most votes will be the newest member in the
West Chester Zoo family!
Student does not have a grasp on the information and is unable to answer questions.
Student does not exhibit full understanding of the content knowledge and is inadequately answers posed questions.
Student shows understanding of the given animal but fails to fully elaborate on the content.
Student demonstrates full understanding of the animal with evidence of proper research.
Student lacks any sequence and the audience can not follow the presentation.
Student presents information out of sequence and is difficult for the audience to follow.
Student presents information in an appropriate sequence which the audience can follow
Student presents information in an interesting sequence that is easy for the audience to follow.
Student did not provide visual.
Student provided visual but was not closely related to the discussion.
Students visual relates to the presentation but was not discussed in full context.
Students visual was vibrant and greatly reinforced the information presented.
Student mumbles while speaking too quietly and solely depends on note cards
Student does not speak loudly and relies too heavily on note cards.
Student speaks clearly but makes minimal eye contact with the rest of the class.
Student showed great knowledge about content area and were confident when speaking about the information.
the end of this web quest, students will be more knowledgeable about
the zebra, polar bear, and kangaroo and will be able to explain the
characteristics of the animals to other students in the class. The
posters can be used to decorate the classroom and can also be used as
references for future class assignments. You can also use these sites
to research other animals you may be particularly interested in. You
will work as a group to compromise and pick an animal that would be
beneficial for the zoo to add to the family.
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Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing
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